Kaylyn and Ethan’s wedding day was filled with southern class and rustic charm. They opted for a barn ceremony followed by a reception in the house and on the back porch. It was a beautiful… More
Handmade details and lots of sweet helpers made this traditional summer wedding extra special! Callie did an excellent job of planning out all the details and working with vendors, but Joseph also pitched in! As you look through these images you’ll see Joseph’s handy work in many places. He made the arbor under which they were wed, he made beautiful lanterns and even centerpieces! All of these special elements come together to create the perfect timeless summer wedding at Warrenwood Manor!
- Catering – Chaplin River Catering
Photographer – Emily Wakin Photography
- Vidographer- In Motion Productions
- Rentals- Goff Tents and Events
Flowers- Ellis Florist & Family Friends
Cake- Anita Bertram
Wedding day lunch- Melton’s Great American Deli
I’m pretty sure that 9 out of 10 bridesmaids hate their bridesmaid dress. That’s right, they hate it and say terrible things about it, but grin and go with it to appease the Bride. (I totally made that statistic up, but I’m pretty sure it’s legit.) Everyone has a different style. Everyone has a different body type. And everyone likes different colors. It’s not anyone’s fault, it’s just the way it is. Luckily there are a few things every bride can do to be considerate of their bridesmaids’ wishes. And the good news is, I hear more and more brides talking about how they want to let their bridesmaids select their own style or color within a few options!
It can be a tall order to find a bridesmaid dress that is both affordable and universally flattering. You want your bridesmaids to look and feel beautiful as well as fit within the vision you have for your wedding day. There are several ways to go about selecting bridesmaids’ dresses and a multitude of places to buy them. See below for some suggestions on both topics.
First and foremost, decide how much input you want from others on the dress selection. There is a continuum of positions you can take, all the way from taking total control to giving your bridesmaids total freedom. You’ll probably want to be somewhere between these two. If you get input from others make sure they consider your event as a whole instead of just the dress. Share event design pins and describe the venue and vibe so they can make educated suggestions. It can also be helpful to narrow your search to a few options then ask for input. Know that a consensus may be difficult to reach when you get the input of your bridesmaids.
Be practical and rational as you narrow your search. Your bridesmaids’ dresses should go with the look and feel of the rest of your event. Refer to your event color palette, flower selections and venue details for inspiration. Consider the activities, weather, venue/setting, schedule and event vibe as you decide of the length, color, fabric and style of the dress. For example, if you’re have a summer wedding choose light-weight, airy fabrics and a short length dress. As another example, have your bridesmaids wear wedges or flats and a short dress if you will be in the grass, walking on uneven surfaces or climbing stairs much. You want your bridesmaids to be comfortable and their dress to be hassle-free.
The bride who knows what she wants
Some brides know exactly what they want their bridesmaids to wear, and that is totally fine. It actually makes it easier for those of us who are indecisive and aim to please, but just aren’t sure how. For your wedding day you will want to make choices based on what you want to see in your wedding pictures for years to come, but please don’t make your favorite girls in the world pay for or wear something you wouldn’t want to pay for and wear yourself. So ask yourself:
- Would I wear this dress?
- Would I wear this dress more than once?
- Is this dress style and color going to look good on each of my bridesmaids?
- Would I mind spending this much money on a dress if I were a bridesmaid?
- Would I be comfortable in this dress throughout this event?
The bride who wants to give her bridesmaids some freedom
If you want to give your bridesmaids some freedom with their dress selection you can let them select the color/pattern, cut/style, fabric, sleeve length and/or skirt length of their dress. You can give them complete freedom or give them some parameters.
Same Color – Different Styles
This is a great option if you have a lot of different body types among your bridal party. Everyone can find a flattering style that they feel good in. Be sure to be as specific as you can in order to get the color that you want. There are a million shades of pink and saying light pink, for example, may not be enough detail. Companies like J. Crew, David’s Bridal, The Dessy Group and Two Birds offer lots of options to mix styles with the same color. Ordering through one of these companies will ensure everyone matches.
Same Style – Different Colors
For a more eclectic look, you can go with the same style dress for all of your bridesmaids only in different colors. You can let them choose what color from your color palette they prefer or you can assign colors. It is usually best to have all different colors or a balance of a few colors. For example, two two red and two blue or alternating colors in the processional line. This provides balance to your photos. I have also seen brides choose to have their bridesmaids all wear the same color expect for the maid of honor.
Different Styles – Different Colors
To give your bridesmaids a little more creative authority, you can ask them to wear a dress of their choosing in a particular color or color palette. This will give an eclectic look, but allows for each of your bridesmaids to choose something within their price range in a style and cut they like. Chic Vintage Brides provides some addition inspiration and Brides.com gives some rules for pulling off a mismatch look.
No matter what you decide on for bridesmaid dresses consider these final reminders.
- Many bridesmaid dresses will require alterations. These can be pricey so factor in an additional $50 on top of the dress purchase price for the cost of alterations.
- Bridesmaids will also need jewelry and shoes. Since expenses add up for bridesmaids, think about giving your bridesmaids jewelry to wear if you have something specific in mind. As for shoes, let them wear what works for them. Matching shoes can look great, but be very uncomfortable for some people. Blistered or swollen feet could keep a bridesmaid from dancing the night away with you.
- If price is your main concern you could consider renting dresses. This Oprah article discusses several dress rental vendors. In particular, we like Union Station, Rent the Runway and Vow to be Chic because they offer variety and convenience. Union Station and Vow to be Chic even offer the option to try the dress before you rent it.
- Don’t forget to consider undergarments. When considering dress options think about what undergarments would be needed to make a dress look good and whether that will work with your bridesmaids’ body types. Make sure all of your bridesmaids have what they need. It sounds trivial, but no one wants to see bra straps or striped underwear.
- Order your bridesmaid dresses at least 6 months before your wedding. This allows for shipping and alterations. It also leaves time for shoe and jewelry shopping.
- If you don’t give directions on an element of the bridesmaids’ look, don’t be surprised or event upset when something doesn’t look as you had anticipated. Encourage your maids to run their final look by you before the big day.
Ultimately, you want your bridesmaids to be comfortable, feel beautifully themselves and create a cohesive look with your event.
Today we’re taking a break from centerpieces, wedding cakes and color palettes to reflect on how far Warrenwood has come over the years. We always talk about how we started restoring Warrenwood in 2014, but really the effort began long before we came along [like a long time before I was even born :)] Let’s throw it back to the 1970’s.
This old house has gone through phases of glory and then vacancy with a corresponding roller coaster of restoration and dilapidation. On April 4, 1976 The Kentucky Advocate Newspaper published an in depth story of one such restoration of Warrenwood in their Sunday edition. It tells the story of how the H.C. Abbott family saved this historic house in the mid 1970’s. You can see photos from 1973 where the house is need of major structural repairs. Then you can read about the completed renovations. This article, written by Brenda S. Edwards, celebrates every detail of Warrenwood. It is amazing to see how different, yet the same, the property was over 30 years ago.
Within a year of this article, Warrenwood was added to the National Register of Historic Places alongside two other homes in Danville, the Mound Cottage and the Helm-Gentry House. The below photos were taken by Mary Cronan Oppel on behalf of the Kentucky Heritage Commission as a part of a Kentucky Survey of Historic Places and accompanied Warrenwood’s application to the National Register. The Federal Historic Preservation Act of 1966 required states to make a record of their historic properties and these photos were taken to inventory Warrenwood’s property. The first thing I think when looking at these images is, “Where are all the trees?”. I bet it was much easier to care for this minimal landscaping as opposed to our tree-lined drive and flower-filled beds. In the background of some of the images you can see at least two barns that aren’t around anymore. If you have been to Warrenwood you will be able to pick out countless changes made since these images where taken, but the grand essence of the property remains intact. We hope to continue to restore Warrenwood so that people can enjoy it for many, many years to come.
This refined organic September wedding at Warrenwood Manor was…so fun! Believe me when I say that not all weddings are as laid back and fun as Stacey and Christian’s wedding. I guess that is what happens when you are celebrating the marriage of two really GOOD and funny people! Stacey and Christian held their ceremony in the barn and their reception in and around the house. Their day had a touch of traditional with warm earthy elements creating a natural, organic feel. The locally grown, farm fresh flowers provided by their family gave the event spaces a special touch of character and charm. See for yourself!
- Photography | Cassie Lopez Photography
- Floral Design | Meadowview Farm & Thatch Floral
- Catering | DeRae & Friends Catering
- Gelato | Spotz Gelato
- Rentals | Bryant’s Rent-All
Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor? We’re now booking events for 2018! Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.
Abby and Joe tied the knot at Warrenwood Manor in August of 2015. It was a classic event with a touch of rustic flair. They opted for an outdoor ceremony in front of the cottage. The aisle was lined with pink and ivory floral arrangements atop wooden stumps while the cottage was decked out with garland and two huge hydrangea arrangements. To top if off, they provided shade for their guests with canvas umbrellas. It was stunning! The reception took place in the house and on the back patio. Even after a little rain, it was a beautiful evening. Abby and Joe are the sweetest couple and we were so happy to be a party of their special day!
Weddings are complicated. I know we’ve said it a million times, but it’s still true and until you have planned one you probably have no idea how much goes into this single day. As a guest, you show up, have a good time then go home. As a host, you plan for a year then work your tail off to make it a success. Along the way you have to make the decision over and over again as to whether to do something yourself (D.I.Y.) or hire someone to complete the task for you. The food, flowers, favors, photos and so much more can either be put on your to-do list, the list of family and friends or handed over to a hired professional. Here are some considerations and cautions to think about as you decide who will do what for your event.
I’m sure you or someone close to you CAN do all the tasks associated with hosting a wedding. That isn’t the question. Instead, the question is whether you WANT or NEED to do it yourself. It may be less expensive to do things yourself, but it does come at a cost. I have seen first-hand the stress, exhaustion and sometimes even disappointment associated with doing everything yourself. You and your guests should be able to enjoy your wedding day with as little stress as possible. This is why I suggest hiring wedding professionals for as many tasks as you can.
Professionals in the wedding industry exist for a reason. They offer a valuable service and must be good at what they do for their business to survive. The product of an experienced and well trained vendor is usually higher quality, more reliable and less hassle than that of D.I.Y.ers. Paid vendors can advise you on what choices you have based on your budget, venue, season and style so you can make educated decisions. Their established supply chain can also provide more options or better prices for certain items. You can trust that wedding professionals will provide what you ask for, when you ask for it. That being said, there are still low risk tasks that you can delegate to family and friends.
If you’re thinking about asking a friend or family member to do something for your wedding be sure to consider the skills required, the scale of job and the importance of the outcome. Match each task with those who have the skills, facilities, time and resources to do the job.
Somehow everything ends up being more complicated and taking longer than you thought it would. Beware that when you do something yourself there may be last minute costs and stresses due to your lack experience. Be realistic with your time and talents so that you don’t have to deal with the cost to fix a problem or repair damages.
You and everyone around you will want you to be happy with your wedding day, but unpaid helpers also have their own interests to consider. They may not be as prompt, particular and professional as paid vendors who are passionate about their work and business. If you decide to have a friend or family member do a task traditionally done by a professional, you may need to be flexible and adjust your expectations.
Show appreciation for your wedding helpers regardless of how much or how little you have asked of them. I’m sure they aren’t helping you for a gift, but your helpers should feel appropriately appreciated. You never want a friend or family member to feel used or annoyed by your lack of consideration for their time and energy. Be sure to cover all the expenses related to their task and give them a thank you note at the very least.
4 Things To Leave To The Professional
From our experience, these four tasks should be done by professional if at all possible.
- Catering | Catering isn’t just cooking. It is planning, storing, preparing, transporting and cleaning up food on a large scale. Professionals have the experience, equipment, and employees to make sure delicious food is safely prepared, served in a timely manner and presented beautifully. This allows all your family and friends to enjoy the event without having to replenish trays or worry about washing dishes.
- Photography | Good wedding photos preserve the memory of your wedding day in a beautiful way. They capture the look and feel of the day for you to revisit and share with others for years to come. Professional photographers catch once-in-a-lifetime moments and all the details that make your day unique and worth remembering.
- Floral Design | Flowers play a huge role in the overall aesthetic of your event. Florists have access to a larger variety of quality blooms at lower prices than the average person. Good florist are also equipped to properly handle and arrange flowers, a perishable material, so they will look their best for your event.
- Day of Coordination | It takes a very organized and authoritative person to manage an event. When emotions are high and so many elements are coming together, a professional event coordinator is able to control the chaos. It is a lot to ask of a friend or family member to take on this task. And we never, ever recommend that the bride be the point person for the wedding day.
3 Things to D.I.Y.
Any wedding task may end up being a D.I.Y. task, but it really depends on what skills you, your family and your friends have. Here are the top three things we think you could consider doing yourself.
- Hair & Makeup | You may not need to hire a hair and makeup artist if you are a bride wanting a simple, natural look. Everyone has family or a friend that is obsessed with hair and makeup and would love to help out. Just make sure you do a trial run a few weeks before the wedding so that you look exactly how you want on your wedding day.
- Music | For some people music at their wedding is a big deal, but for others, it isn’t. If you fall into the latter category then maybe you could get away with not hiring a DJ. There are plenty of places that rent sound equipment and tell you how to use it. All you’ll need is a playlist and someone you trust to control the microphone and timing. Particularly for the ceremony.
- Cake | Right now it is common for couples to have a small cake to cut then serve other desserts (cupcakes, sheet cake, cookies, etc.) to their guests. I think it is a great idea to have a D.I.Y. cake if you want something simple and small. Go with a professional though if you want a bigger, more elaborate tiered cake.
We love hearing from you! Comment below with other D.I.Y. tips. If you’re planning a wedding with the help of lots of family and friends, you may also find it helpful to read our post on Wedding Weekend Helpers.
*Feature image by Cassie Lopez Photography
Warrenwood Manor is nestled in the heart of Kentucky on 100-acres of rolling green hills. The land was originally purchased in 1785 by Captain William Warren, a Revolutionary War soldier, and later developed by his descendants, John Fouche Warren and Samuel Wilcox Warren. Now, cattle roam the majority of the land while events are held at the front of the property. Large, mature trees cover the grounds giving year-round character and color to the landscape. The historic home is the foundation of the property, but several out buildings, new and old, also dot the estate.
The cottage, located directly behind the main house (#3 on the map), is said to have been one of the original structures on the property. The Warren brothers lived in this tiny, three-story cottage as the main house was being built which would have been several years. We haven’t been able to restore the cottage yet, but we hope to eventually. For now, it serves as the backdrop for many of our outdoor ceremonies.
Behind the cottage is a garage and carport (#4). This building was added in the 1970’s or 80’s for practical purposes and is now usually used for event extras like a kids area, photo booth, etc. It doesn’t match the style of the house exactly, but attempts were made for this building to compliment the other buildings.
Not much is known (to us) about the barn at Warrenwood, but you can read about it in our recent blog, History & Highlights: The Warrenwood Manor Barn. A corn crib and running shed stand next to the barn. This space is used for event extras just like the carport. Sometimes it even houses the bar.
Beyond these buildings, you can look in any direction to see pastures, ponds, and trees galore. Warrenwood changes drastically throughout the season with each offering something special. Event photographers use every inch of Warrenwood to creatively capture the beauty of the property, the people, and the event. Below is a curated collection of images that will make you feel like you’re strolling the Warrenwood grounds. Enjoy!
Leah Barry Photography, Christy Lee Photography, Unveiled Studio, Cassie Lopez Photography, Honey Heart Photography, Kevin and Anna Photography, Daring Tales Darling Bones, Hilly Photography, The King’s Daughter Photography, Emily Wakin Photography, Becky Willard Photography, Erin Trimble Photography, Ben Keeling Photography, Rainwater Photography, Sarah Katherine Davis Photography, Grant Aumiller Photography and Legacy Art Photography & Videography
Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor? We’re now booking events for 2018! Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.
The Warrenwood Manor barn isn’t often the center of attention when we talk about the history and architecture of the property, but it should be. The house at Warrenwood is gorgeous, but the barn has its own charm and intrigue as well. We just don’t know as much about the barn’s past as we do about the house. It is believed to have been built in the early 1900’s as one of two, maybe even three large barns on the property. At one point the barn was painted white and green, but it was black and white when we purchased it. That is pretty much all we know. When renovations began in 2014 the barn had a dirt floor, horse stalls, a large grain bin and a full hay loft. There were holes in the roof and every door was either missing or broken. As changes were made we took every opportunity to maintain the character of the structure. We also salvaged every piece of old wood we could, most of which is a beautiful tongue and groove oak, for use on other property projects. These are a few photos to show how far we have come.
We did some major sprucing up for my wedding in October 2014, but a lot of work happened over the winter of 2014 and 2015. Since then gradual improvements have turned the Warrenwood barn into a rustic charmer. We now have concrete floors, string lights and chandeliers under a new roof. Over the winter, we even added on a men’s restroom, women’s restroom and a prep kitchen for caterers in order to bring the entire space up to all Kentucky occupancy code requirements. The barn has become the main event space comfortably seating 180 guests for a reception. It provides a dry place for events regardless of the weather. Housing either the ceremony and/or reception, the barn has taken on so many different looks over the past two years. Here is a peek at some of our favorite moments in and around the barn.
Photography by: Becky Willard Photography, Tara Young Photography, Honey Heart Photography, Rainwater Photography, KM Russel Photography, Christy Lee Photography, The King’s Daughter Photography, Hilly Photography, Kevin & Anna Photography, Daring Tales Darling Bones, Diverse Photographers, Leah Barry Photography, Erin Trimble Photography, Jessica Moore Photography, Ben Keeling Photography, Legacy Art Photography and Videography and Cassie Lopez Photography
At Warrenwood Manor, we like to say that we honor the past by celebrating the future. We celebrate marriages, babies, birthdays and all that these occasions mean for the future. Meanwhile, guests get to experience and appreciate first hand the beautiful, craftsmanship and charm of what the past has made of the Warrenwood estate. As so many old homes are being demolished, we are thankful to have found a way to keep Warrenwood thriving.
The Beginning of Warrenwood Manor
In 1785 Captain William Warren, a Revolutionary War Soldier, purchased 304 acres of land. This purchase included the 100 acres upon which Warrenwood Manor now sits. It wasn’t until 1856 that descendants of Captain Warren, John Fouche Warren and Samuel Wilcox Warren, would commission the construction of the house.
Warrenwood is one of three Gothic villas, including the Helm-Gentry House and the Mound Cottage, constructed between 1852 and 1856 in the Danville area. All three homes were modeled after the Elley Villa of Lexington and roughly based on sketches published by A. J. Downing and A. J. Davis. The builder of these villas is unknown, but they were probably designed and built by the same architect due to their similarities. It is believed possible that the houses were constructed by Robert Russell Jr., a local Danville builder, who is attributed with the construction of most of the early brick structures in the area.
The home rests on a foundation of stone allowed to settle for two years before the bricks were laid. The dark red bricks that make up the home’s exterior and interior walls were made on the property and laid four deep in the thinnest parts of the walls. Lumber, cut from the property, was used to construct rooms measuring eighteen feet square and ceilings fourteen feet high. The front door, surrounded by leaded, Venetian glass opens to a large hall lit by two Venetian hall lamps. Solid walnut details include doors throughout the house, window facings, massive mantels and the banister ascending to the third floor.
The Warrenwood home is full of elegance and southern charm around every corner. Warrenwood, along with the Helm-Gentry House and the Mound Cottage were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 for their architectural and historical significance. Over time additions were made to the back of the house, but the main structure has remained remarkably intact and serves as a snapshot of the past.
The Recent History of Warrenwood Manor
Warrenwood Manor was loving restored in 2014 before opening for it’s first wedding season in 2015. It is and will always be a work in progress, but that is part of the charm. After sitting empty for almost a decade, we like to think that Warrenwood loves being filled again with love and laughter every weekend. By the end of it’s third year of operation, Warrenwood will have hosted nearly 100 weddings and countless other events. Below we share some of the most stunning images taken in and around the Warrenwood home over then past two years.
Photography Credits to: Unveiled Studio, Daring Tale of Darling Bones, Ben Keeling Photography, KM Russel Photography, Christy Lee Photography, Jessica Moore Photography, Emily Wakin Photography, Leah Barry Photography, Rainwater Photography, Becky Willard Photography, Honey Heart Photography, Cassie Lopez Photography, Erin Trimble Photography, Hilly Photography and Legacy Art Photography & Videography
Y’all I cannot get over this spring wedding! I’m serious! It’s been over a year now since Megan and Jason tied the knot, but I still can’t get over how this spring wedding was just so perfect in every way. And not just because Megan is my sister-in-law, but because this sweet couple made sure that their wedding day celebrated their marriage and who they are. Plus, all the details and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect! A beautiful, yet simple afternoon wedding with pops of color and personal touches is just what we all need today, right?
- Photographer | Cassie Lopez Photography
- Floral Design | Doug Smith Design + Events
- Hair & Make-up | Something Blu
- Catering | Melton’s Great American Deli
- Cake & Cupcakes | Sweets by Cindy
- DJ | All Music D.J.
- Officiant | Dave Rizer of Southland Christian Church
- Rentals | Bryant’s Rent-All
- Wedding Signs | Marketplace Gray
- Invitations | Simply Done Invites